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The Wall Street Journal reports that a study done by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) saying that in 2000 there were nearly as many obesity-related deaths, at 400,000, as there were deaths related to tobacco use, at 435,000, may have been an exaggeration.

An 80,000-death exaggeration.

The original study got a lot of attention because it suggested that obesity was about to surpass tobacco as the leading cause of preventable death in the US. Now, the CDC reportedly is preparing an addendum to the study that will correct and explain the overstated figure.
KC's View:
Of course, 320,000 deaths from obesity-related causes doesn’t sound exactly like chopped liver…